Kleptoparasitism and Host Responses in a Sandwich Tern Colony of Eastern Spain

@inproceedings{Dies2005KleptoparasitismAH,
  title={Kleptoparasitism and Host Responses in a Sandwich Tern Colony of Eastern Spain},
  author={J. Ignacio Dies and Bosco Dies},
  year={2005}
}
Abstract We report on the incidence of kleptoparasites and the host avoidance responses in a colony of the Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) at l’Albufera de Valencia, eastern Spain, in 2004. Apart from conspecifics, five species were kleptoparasites of breeding Sandwich Terns, particularly Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) and Slender-billed Gull (L. genei). Avian kleptoparasites attacked 24% of the Sandwich Terns returning to the colony with fish (N = 659) and robbed 5.3% of them. Most… CONTINUE READING

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